Mercedes were quickest on the penultimate day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, although Lewis Hamilton was slightly slower than team mate Nico Rosberg was yesterday.
Hamilton set a best lap of 1’23.022 on the soft compound tyres, 0.3 seconds slower than Rosberg had managed. He covered less ground than most drivers as Mercedes spent the middle part of the day working on an “experimental set-up change”.
Williams and Ferrari appeared to narrow the gap to Mercedes as Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel respectively set laps within 0.3 seconds of what Hamilton managed. However both used the super-soft tyres to do so.
Force India achieved an impressive feat with their VJM08 on the car’s second appearance: Nico Hulkenberg covered 735 kilometres, the most ground covered by any car in a single day of testing so far this year.
McLaren, however, mustered just 39 laps as Kevin Magnussen drove the MP4-30 for the first time. An oil leak ended their day.
The final pre-season test of the new season concludes tomorrow.
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W06||1’23.022||76||Soft|
|2||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes FW37||1’23.262||102||0.240||Super-soft|
|3||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari SF15-T||1’23.276||136||0.254||Super-soft|
|4||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Renault STR10||1’24.191||132||1.169||Super-soft|
|5||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Mercedes E23||1’24.200||116||1.178||Super-soft|
|6||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber-Ferrari C34||1’24.477||123||1.455||Super-soft|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes VJM08||1’24.939||158||1.917||Super-soft|
|8||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren-Honda MP4-30||1’25.225||39||2.203||Soft|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault RB11||1’25.742||128||2.720||Medium|
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